Health Benefits of Tulsi
Tulsi is also called as Holy Basil. Tulsi, the “queen of herbs” is the most sacred of all the herbs found in India! This sacred plant is found in almost every Indian household. Tulsi has been used in India for around 5000 years and is acclaimed for its healing properties of the mind, body and spirit. Tulsi has been widely popular in South Asian countries for many centuries.
The scientific name of Tulsi is Ocimum Tenuiflorum and is its English term in Basil. There are three variants of Tulsi; Rama Tulsi, Krishna Tulsi and Vana Tulsi. Each of the variants has its own distinctive taste. The parts of this hearb generally used are its leaves, seeds and dried roots.
In Ayurveda, it is considered as the destroyer of all the doshas. Tulsi benefits are many and people also chew raw leaves regularly to reap these benefits. Tulsi leaves also re-energize and rejuvenate the body of a person. It keeps one fresh mentally and stimulates the thought process. Tulsi is a homemade remedy for a lot of common ailments.
Control blood sugar levels. People with type 2 diabetes manage their condition by tracking and making changes to their diet. Tulsi may be a good addition. Preliminary research indicates that including Tulsi in your diet can help control blood sugar levels. Just be careful if you have diabetes — because it has been shown to lower blood sugar, it could potentially cause low blood sugar levels in those who are on medications to control blood sugar.
Treatment for acne. Tulsi is high in vitamins E and K, antioxidants, adaptogenic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to presence of these qualities, it works best on acne scars eliminating them effectively. Just pick some fresh Tulsi leaves, wash them thoroughly and grind them to make herbal uptan. You can also add some chick pea flour to it. Apply it on your face gently and let it dry naturally. Then wash it off with water thoroughly. Regular application of Tulsi uptan will reduce acne scars and make them less visible lightening naturally.
Cures insect bites. The herb is a prophylactic or preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. A teaspoonful of the juice of the leaves is taken and is repeated after a few hours. Fresh juice must also be applied to the affected parts. A paste of fresh roots is also effective in case of bites of insects and leeches. Tulsi acts as insect repellent. So it is used to store grains also.
To make a Tulsi rub, boil two cups of water and add half an ounce of dried Tulsi leaves. Leave the mixture to steep until it is cool. Then dip a washcloth into it and rub it gently on your mosquito bites. Alternately, just chop some fresh Tulsi leaves up until very fine, and rub them on to your skin.
Cure stomach upset. Children can be given a quarter teaspoon of Tulsi seed paste along with a cup of milk to cure stomach troubles. Tulsi decoction mixed with a pinch of rock salt provides relief from stomach ache and gastroenteritis.
Reduces risk of heart disease. The flavonoids in tulsi leaves are believed to reduce the risk of platelets forming clots on the arterial wall, preventing coronary heart disease and heart attacks.
Eye Disorders. Tulsi juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night-blindness, which is generally caused by deficiency of vitamin A. Two drops of black Tulsi juice are put into the eyes daily at bedtime.
Cure Ringworm. Extract the juice of some fresh Tulsi leaves, mix with lemon juice and apply it on ringworm to see good results. It also will help curb the urge to scratch those ugly patches!
Shortens Viral hepatitis. Essential oil of Tulsi have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It inhibites the growthof E coli, B.anthracis, M.tuberculosis etc. It’s antitubercular activity is one-tenth the potency of streptomycin and one-fourth that of isoniazid. Preperations containing Tulsi extract significantly shorten the course of illness, clinical symptoms and the biochemical parameters in patients with viral hepatitis and viral encephalitis.
Reduces anxiety. Early research found that taking 500 mg of Tulsi leaf extract twice daily after meals for 60 days reduced anxiety and associated stress and depression in people with anxiety.
Reduces stress. In early research, taking Tulsi extract decreased symptoms of stress, including forgetfulness, sexual problems, exhaustion, and sleep problems. Tulsi functions as an adaptogen, enhancing the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress. Adaptogenic herbs do not alter mood, but rather, they help the body function optimally during times of stress. Multiple scientific studies examining this property of Ocimum sanctum have found that supplementation with various extracts of Tulsi decrease stress hormone levels, corticosterone in particular. Lower levels of corticosterone are associated with improved mental clarity and memory, and long-term, can reduce the risk of age-related mental disorders.
Inhibits growth of oral Cancer. Tulsi is an excellent mouth freshener and oral disinfectant and its freshness lasts very long in the mouth. Tulsi destroys more than 99 percent of the germs and bacteria in the mouth and this effect lasts long. It also cures ulcer in the mouth. It is also known to help inhibit growth of oral cancer caused by chewing tobacco etc.
Relief from common cold. Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold.
Reief from headache. Headache due to heat is very common. To get instant relief from headache, it is suggested to apply the paste of Tulsi and Sandal wood on the forehead. Inhalation of powder of dried leaves of Tulsi eases from migraine and headache.
Cures dental issues. Mix the dried leaves of Tulsi powder with mustard oil to make a paste, massage your gums with that paste and you can also use this paste for brushing your teeth as it will help to prevent bad breath and disease like pyorrhea
Helps bring down the fever. The juice of Tulsi leaves is very useful as it helps to bring down the fever
Remedy for influenza (“the flu”). Tulsi leaves and dry ginger is boiled and the decoction is taken as tea. This is a very good remedy for flu and common cough and cold.
Expels kidney stone. A mixture of honey and juice of Tulsi leaves will result in expelling renal stones through the urinary tract.
Helps to those trying to stop smoking. Tulsi is known to possess extremely powerful anti-anxiety compounds (mentioned above) which makes it excellent to assist one in being able to stop smoking. It can help by decreasing the stress which may be part of the attempt to stop smoking, or stress that causes the impulse to smoke. In addition, it cools the throat much like drops made from menthol and aids with controlling the impulse to smoke by being able to chew on something. Keep some leaves from this herb on you for whenever the impulse to smoke shows up, and then chew on them. Another plus is that the leaves can help combat all the harm that occurs out of years of smoking.
While Tulsi may sound like a miracle cure for many common problems, make sure you speak with your doctor before incorporating it or any other supplement into your diet. Tulsi is not recommended in pregnancy as it may stimulate uterine contractions.
Treating acne with Tulsi is not for everyone. The herb may occasionally cause allergic reactions – skin rashes – when applied topically. Always check with your doctor before you use Tulsi in your skincare regimen.
The proof for the plant’s benefits is lacking, and so are its side effects. It may have anti-fertility effects in men, women and be potentially dangerous for people with bleeding disorders.